Steven Conrad

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests


Steve joins the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability from Simon Fraser University where he was the Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and chair of the REM Water Research group. His research interests focuses on the coupling of social and engineering sciences to inform decision making and policymaking within a water and energy management context. This incorporates the water-energy nexus, water and energy utility planning and operations, distributed water and energy systems, decision support for climate change adaptation, behavioural models of individual choices affecting water and energy use, and coupled socio-hydrological and system dynamic modelling.

Steve has worked for over 20 years with the municipal water and energy sector. He has consulted with numerous municipalities in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Water Works Association representing the BC Section. Steve also co-chairs the BC Water and Waste Association’s risk and resiliency committee is a member of BCWWA’s leadership council. Steve holds a PhD in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, a MSc in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University, and a BSc in Psychology and BSc in Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Featured Publications

Conrad, S., Rutherford, M., Haider, W. (In Press) “Profiling farmers' preferences about drought response policies using a choice experiment in the Okanagan Basin, Canada.” Water Resources Management. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-017-1666-x

Conrad, S. (2017). Amalgamating Local Data to Inform Water Related Decisions: Summary Report. Burnaby, BC: Pacific Water Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.

Conrad, S., Kenway, S., Jawad, M. (2017). Water and Electric Utility Integrated Planning. Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation.

Conrad, S., Yates, D. (submitted) “Coupling stated preferences with a hydrological water resource model to inform water policies for residential areas in the Okanagan Basin, Canada.” Journal of Hydrology.

Conrad, S., Pipher, J., Haider, W. (submitted) “How current lawn attributes affect the preferences of water conserving lawn options: An individualized choice experiment in Kelowna, British Columbia.” Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management.

Conrad, S. (2016). Introduction: Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products. London, ON: Firefly Publishing

Kenway S., McMahon J., Elmer V., Conrad S., Rosenblum J. (2013). "Managing water-related energy in future cities - A research and policy roadmap". Journal of Water and Climate Change. 4 (3): 161-175.

Conrad, S., Olson, E. Raucher, S., Smith, J. (2013) Opportunities for Managing Climate Change by Applying Adaptive Management. Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation.

Conrad, S. (2013). Assessing Water Use Preferences to Water Conservation Policy and Implementation Strategies. Victoria, BC: Simon Fraser University & Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia.

Conrad, S. (2012) “Decision support for the water-energy nexus: examining decision-making in the American west”, in Kenney, D. (2012) The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West.

Conrad, S. (2012). Assessing the effectiveness of climate change adaptation policies: a survey of residential preferences. Ottawa, ON. Natural Resources Canada.

Conrad, S., Geisenhoff, J., Brueck, T., Hall, M., Cook, S., Kenway, S., et al. (2011). Decision support system for sustainable energy management. Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation.

Conrad, S., Hall, M., Cook, S. (2010) “Key Energy Decisions for Sustainable Utility Energy Management”, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 10 (5): 721–729

Conrad, S. (2010) “Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Options in the Water Utility Sector” in Welch, C. The Green Utility: A Practical Guide to Sustainability, Denver, CO: American Water Works Association Publishing.